The Prayers of Agnes Sparrow (Bright's Pond Series)

The Prayers of Agnes Sparrow (Bright's Pond Series)

by Joyce Magnin
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The Prayers of Agnes Sparrow (Bright's Pond Series) by Joyce Magnin

2010 Carol Awards Finalist

No longer able or willing to leave her home, the unusual Agnes Sparrow has committed herself to a life of prayer - prayer that has resulted in numerous miracles, both large and garden variety, including a prize-winning pumpkin.

The rural residents of Bright's Pond, a quirky Pennsylvania town, are so enamored with Agnes they plan to erect a sign in her honor on the interstate. Agnes wants no part of it and sends her sister to fight city hall. Their petitions are shot down and the sign plans press forward.

But when a stranger comes to call asking for his miracle, Bright's Pond is turned on its head and Agnes' feet of clay are exposed, forcing the town to its knees.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781410424402
Publisher: Gale Group
Publication date: 03/03/2010
Series: Bright's Pond Series
Edition description: Large Print Edition
Pages: 571
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Joyce Magnin is the author of several books, including The Prayers of Agnes Sparrow, named one of the "Top 5 Best Christian Fiction Books of 2009" by Library Journal. Her short fiction pieces and articles have been published in such magazines as Relief Journal, Parents Express, Sunday Digest, and Highlights for Children. A member of the Greater Philadelphia Christian Writers Fellowship, Joyce is a frequent workshop leader at various writer’s conferences and women’s church groups. She has three children and one grandson, and is mom to a neurotic parakeet who lives with her in Havertown, Pennsylvania.

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Prayers of Agnes Sparrow 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 69 reviews.
TarHeelGirl00 More than 1 year ago
"The Prayers of Agnes Sparrow" is one of those books that is just downright fun to read! It's a comedy and a tear-jerker all wrapped up into one. The eccentric characters are portrayed so vividly that you feel like you are right there in Bright's Pond with them! This book has a wonderful lesson in faith without being preachy. I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys to laugh, cry and be surprised. I look forward to continuing with the Bright's Pond series.
Phoebe-W More than 1 year ago
The Prayers of Agnes Sparrow by Joyce Magnin is a novel about a six hundred pound woman named Agnes. That right there got my attention. There's quirky characters, plot twists, and great writing. I've never been into Christian fiction, but Agnes doesn't fit the stereotype. It made me laugh out loud and feel for the characters. I loved this book and will be rereading it many times over.
JulesWrite527 More than 1 year ago
The Prayers of Agnes Sparrow is one of the most unique books I have read in a very long time. It's the story of sisters Griselda and Agnes Sparrow. Older sister Agnes weighs 700 pounds and is the miracle worker of the town of Bright's Pond, whose every prayer for the town's residents is answered. Griselda is Agnes's caregiver. Their unique relationship and the zany residents of this small town in the Pennsylvania mountains make for a read that is humorous as well as touching. The writing was sprinkled with just the right amount of details -- not so much as to be overwhelming but enough to make me feel as though I had been to this town and I had met these wonderfully, zany characters over a piece of Full Moon pie at the Full Moon Cafe. The book does fall into the Christian fiction category, and while there is an obvious message in the story it is not at all "preachy. I would recommend this book to anyone who lives or has lived the small town life and wants to read a story about a town probably not much different from their own. A wonderful read and I look forward to reading the rest of the Bright's Pond series.
bookstore_lady More than 1 year ago
Typical town with all its problems - didn't want to put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A very good read with characters you will enjoy. The book was a little slow the first few chapters but you get to know the characters and you want to keep reading. There are also lots of twists in the story. I recommend it and I will read the other books in the series. I believe this is book #1.
sajo More than 1 year ago
More on the citizens of Bright's Pond and not at their best. However, this is the way most people behave, self centered and if things don't go their way, blame someone else, no matter how innocent they may be. The story has turns and twists and ends OK. I dislike books that hurry through the last ten pages and tie up all the loose ends, leaving a lot of unansered questions. The Prayers of Agnes Sparrow did not do this. Recommend reading for those who like stories that have a message.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a great author! Reminds me of Judy Blum. A touching story of relationships in a small rural town. The descriptive writing is fantastic. I will definitely be reading more from this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The whole Bright Pond Series is delightful! The stories are full of quirky characters and situations that shed an interesting light on the problems of life. You can't help but fall in love with the main characters and their quaint little town. Check them all out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Prayers of Agnes Sparrow was filled with an odd assortment of characters. It read like the town of Mayberry on LSD – but I liked it! The idea that a whole town would go to a 700 lb housebound woman to ask her to pray for them as though she had a direct link to God was funny and sad at the same time. When things go well, Agnes is a hero, but when things don't go so well, she is suddenly cast as the villain. Much as we treat God when things don't go the way we think they should. There are a few lessons to be learned along the way, but they are so coated in pie, M&Ms and laughter that they go down real smooth.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book wasn't full of wild twist and turns (though there were a times I gasped out loud because I was so shocked at what just happened). Nevertheless, I could NOT put it down! Best read I've had in a very long time!!! As soon as I finished it, I went on my library's website to see if it was there for a Nookless friend of mine--I was that desperate to recommend it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting characters in a little town make you feel at home in this book. A light look at some tough things, even adult bullying! While not a gripping can't put the book down kind of was enjoyable and I would recommend it for a summer read or a rainy day!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nice & simple but I was waiting for more.......
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cute story about a small town of people
LeiaJ More than 1 year ago
what a great book I got this from the library, I enjoyed it so much I wanted for my permanent library so I got it for my nook. At first i was not to sure but as I began to read this I found I could not put it down.
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I really enjoyed this cozy book
brianna22 More than 1 year ago
Excellent book. <p> This book was well written. You will be able to relate to all the characters. You will smile, laugh, and cry. I recommend this book to everyone to read. You will really enjoy it - I did.</p>
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this story a lot. It was entertaining. There were some parts where I did not want to put it down. It was a touching story about life.
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I enjoyed this book, was not what I expected....wished for a different ending..but still good....made me think that people don't change their prejudices about others who are overweight.
TLJo More than 1 year ago
Another great book about the people of Bright's Pond. I'm really enjoying this series. Thank you!
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